We are completely enamored with The Antique Pattern Library and its collection of free antique and vintage embroidery and other needlecraft patterns. The only vexing issue is which one to choose first, and the temptation is to embark on a triathlon of sampler making. I may start with D.M.C. Merk Stich (orig pub c.1890, 1908 edition, 12 plates), with a page of transportation from 1908, including bicycles, trains, jalopies, steam boats, and hot air balloons.
Category Archive: Hand-Needlecraft
Cindy, Steph, and Hayley from the blog meet.make.laugh’s motto is “A day without laughter is a day wasted” (Charlie Chaplin.) Our motto is “Wear your heart on your sleeve” (Gallagher, Lyle.) Steph and Cindy made this tutorial for an easy-peasy project that would be perfect for Valentine’s day. Keep your honey warm and show the love by stitching hearts on their sweater or shirt sleeves. Steph and Cindy sewed them onto the elbows; however you could just as easily express yourself with a delicate (or sturdy) heart on your bicep! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
We adore the delicacy and intricacy of vintage cameo carved jewelry. Niamh from the crafty blog Urban Threads made this nifty tutorial on embroidering an old-fashioned cameo silhouette – perfect as a mother’s day (or May day) gift, or to sweeten up your boudoir. We’d pair ours with this nifty morning glory festooned picture frame transfer from Gina at the blog, DoeCDoe.
Trekky laboriously wove a QR code from ribbon for her blog, Trekky gets Crafty!. This reminds us of a charmingly geeky version of woven Valentines cards. She describes her process, “Firstly I created a QR code here (for this very blog!), and transferred the code to squared paper, so that I could follow the pattern easier. QR codes are made up a grid of 33 x 33. So I laid down 33 strips of white ribbon, and set to work weaving the black ribbon in.” Sigh! One could create a love message blog post for February 14th, get the QR code for that post’s URL, buy a handful of satin ribbon from Britex, and then weave a Valentine QR code for your sweetie. So romantic…..
Hello Sailor! We’re already dreaming of spring; according to Lord Tennyson, a young sailor’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love…or something like that. If you have nautical inclinations, now is the time to show them. These charming embroidery transfer patterns were given away with soap by B.J. Johnson Soap Co., copyright 1914 http://tiny.cc/dcfkqw. I think the anchor would be perfect upon a collar!
“In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish’d dove;
In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”
Karen from the blog Serious Craft made this awesome tutorial on making your own fancy-schmancy shoelaces from lengths of ribbon. These dapper accessories have a Bloomsbury-esque romantic aspect to them – perfect for long afternoons writing in coffee houses, or dreamy evenings at the opera. We’d like a pair in this ethereal hand-dyed Hanah Silk™ ribbon in teal, purple, violet, and green, and then paired with a pair of swank blue suede wingtips.
We adore this sweetly playful embroidered collar! Charlotte from Tuppence Ha’penny: my little vintage world got a bug in her ear, and came up with this. She says, “I’m using pure silk thread. This time I’m using only a single thickness though, which makes the work more time consuming and requires more accuracy, but because of the amount of detail to the design I thought it was best.” Although she didn’t provide the transfer pattern, we found a plethora of free vintage patterns on the Vintage Embroidery Patterns group on Flickr…from giraffes, to fully opened roses, to wise owls. We’re partial to this set with its dancing pigs, gossiping mice and tip-toeing elf!
The Antique Pattern Library has scads of PDFs of charming original vintage hand-stitching patterns. Everything looks betters when festooned with frolicking picnickers, chubby cherubs and graceful leaf borders; we adore this collection of Victorian-style designs, with netting , filet crochet, and cross-stitch instructions. Filet-Arbeiten, Heft III by Marie Niedner, c. 1921. Scans donated by Sytske Wijnsma and edited Judith Adele 2006. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
Now that October and autumn is fast upon us, it is time to burrow in your nest, needle and thread in hand. And what better accoutrement to cool weather and hot spiced cider than this set of days-of-the-week Scotty dog tea towel free cross-stitch pattern from the folks at Tipnut. Our favorite is Thursday’s baking day – make my pie cardamom pear! Of course Britex sells tea toweling on the 4th floor. Stitch a set for your favorite canine lover. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
Erik is a curtain designer who loves textiles and texture. In this project, he played with a fine tissue linen fabric by stripping 2 dozen weft threads, cross-hatching the warp, and re-weaving a single warp thread. We love how this pattern is reminiscent of old-fashioned faggoting, with a dose of helix keeping it moderne. This technique would be beautiful as a bodice accent, or edging of a full skirt.